Smith stormy over side’s inconsistency
been coaching for the last few years. It won’t happen again.
“We are shocked but if I had to run out with that same group of guys again in three weeks we could get the job done.
“Going into game three, that was a side we thought we could win with.”
Daley showed faith in his players after their game one disappointment, in particular halves Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce, and they repaid that with the MCG Origin II win. But game three was a different story altogether. MELBOURNE skipper Cameron Smith says his side needs “an attitude readjustment” after slumping to a fourth consecutive loss yesterday.
The Storm’s mid- season malaise continued in Auckland where the unpredictable New Zealand Warriors ran in five tries to notch a 28- 14 win at Mt Smart Stadium. It is the first time since 2012 the Storm have dropped four games in a row, although that year they went on to win the premiership.
Backing up after Wednesday’s State of Origin triumph, Queensland skipper Smith said his side needed some consistency.
“We just need a bit of an attitude readjustment towards our football,” Smith said.
“Our start tonight wasn’t good enough.”
Fellow Maroons star Cooper Cronk said the Origin disruption was not to blame for the loss. “It is a tough time of year for us as a footy team but there are no excuses for that,” Cronk said. “Defensively, we should be better than that, no matter what.”
It was always going to be tough for Melbourne after another sluggish start, with the Warriors crossing less than
just five minutes into the match. The video referee denied them for a knock- on but the Warriors had two tries on the board in the first 25 minutes.
The Warriors continued to torment Storm and looked like scoring on every set early on. They took advantage of some feeble defence to score again and lead 16- 0 at half- time.
Storm were unlucky not to score in the first half when winger Richie Kennar twice came within inches of getting the ball down over the line.
Melbourne are at home on Friday night against Penrith in what will be Smith’s 300th match.
Shaun Johnson celebrates the Warriors’ win.